- Nov 8, 2010
Agreed - anything can fail.I'm not pushing any style. That's your call.
I will say my in mast furl system has worked in severe weather conditions. I can reef single handed in a full gale with infinite adjustment. When the storm stressed my boom car to where the bearings exploded I was still able to limp through furling and unfurling single handed over more than a thousand nm. In various wind conditions and seas including gale force.
The furling system allows me to have full control on the main at all times.
What do you do when a classic system unzips from the mast? And your sail is laid out on the water?
And also agree, over generalize anything and its no longer a valid discussion. I well understand your personal situation and would agree you have made the best choice for your program. But my basic premise stands - as a general solution for most blue water sailors, a traditional mainsail system is best, and offers lower risk of failure. Unzips from the mast? Most blue water mains are in track systems that have a failure rate 100x less than IMF.